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EDITORS’ NOTES

A lot has changed since Alex Clare broke onto the scene in 2011 with “Too Close,” a moody, electro-pop smash that was co-produced by Major Lazer. He moved from London to Jerusalem, lost interest in club beats and pop hooks, and converted to Orthodox Judaism, which is a theme in Tail of Lions, along with marriage and mental illness. Don’t miss “Tired from the Fire,” a lush, romantic lullaby that references Hasidic literature.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A lot has changed since Alex Clare broke onto the scene in 2011 with “Too Close,” a moody, electro-pop smash that was co-produced by Major Lazer. He moved from London to Jerusalem, lost interest in club beats and pop hooks, and converted to Orthodox Judaism, which is a theme in Tail of Lions, along with marriage and mental illness. Don’t miss “Tired from the Fire,” a lush, romantic lullaby that references Hasidic literature.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

24 Ratings

Awesome!

WildcatFan31,

I really wish people would give Alex Clare another shot. His music is so good, and he really should’t just be remembered for Too Close. This album is amazing, and I hope it gives him the attention he deserves.

Great newer sound!

ABoyer698,

If Tell me what you need is a great sign of what's to come, it'll be a great album!

About Alex Clare

London-based singer/songwriter Alexander George "Alex" Clare grew up listening to his father’s jazz records, was drawn to blues and soul (Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder), and eventually to drum‘n’bass and U.K. garage. Though Clare took up the trumpet and drums as a youngster, he eventually placed an emphasis on guitar and songwriting, playing open-mike nights with original material. A demo earned him a deal with the Island label in the U.K., and he was set up with producers Diplo and Switch, who contributed to the making of Clare’s first album, The Lateness of the Hour, released in July 2011. Despite the producers’ reputations for creating busy, bass-heavy club music, the album did place something of a spotlight on Clare’s soul-searching songwriting and deep, rich voice. "Too Close" -- the dubsteppy lead single from Lateness -- turned out to be a huge hit for Clare. The song became a Top 10 hit in five countries, was certified double platinum in the United States, and nabbed Clare an ASCAP award for 2014 Songwriter of the Year with Jim Duguid.

While Clare's 2014 sophomore effort Three Hearts wasn't as successful as his debut, he continued to tour and also started a family. He returned with his third LP, Tail of Lions. The album was released in the U.K. at the end of 2016, with the U.S. release following months later in 2017. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • BORN
    Sep 14, 1985

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